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July 22, 2013 Saying goodbye to something you've known for a decade can be a landmine of emotion — even if that thing is a war.
What does daily life in Kabul, Afghanistan, look like?
April 30, 2012 Headlines of war and political crises usually occupy the news out of Afghanistan. But beyond all that, ordinary life goes on.
Pfc. Natan Martinez fires a machine gun at an enemy fighting position near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan.
September 6, 2011 For U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, the mountain view from Observation Post Mustang comes with a cost. The area is used by insurgent fighters as an infiltration and smuggling route from Pakistan. The post provides a position to keep watch on other U.S. bases in the valley below.
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A girl stands in the middle of a poppy field as Marines pass by on patrol.
May 13, 2011 Poppy is a key crop in the deadly Sangin District, and in a way, flowers fuel the fight: The Taliban earns hundreds of millions of dollars from the drug trade, which supplies 90 percent of the world's raw opium used for heroin. And during harvest season, fighting practically comes to a halt.
An Afghan construction worker washes up before evening prayers in Kabul's Old City of Murad Khane.
December 24, 2010 There is a small part of the city called Murad Khane, where centuries-old homes and courtyards were buried under trash. One foundation is working to conserve the historical richness. NPR's Jim Wildman and photographer David Gilkey visited the site.
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Young women will soon return to their villages after studying midwifery for 18 months in Badakhshan province's capital city, Faizabad.
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September 29, 2010 Much has been said about what's not working in Afghanistan. NPR producer Jim Wildman sends photos of something that is: midwifery training.
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September 23, 2010 Two views of the war in southern Afghanistan: From an NPR photographer embedded with U.S. troops and a Taliban spokesman.
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A soldier with Bravo Company, 101st Airborne Div., yells for more ammunition while trying to suppress heavy enemy fire.
July 24, 2010 For U.S. forces in Afghanistan, removing the Taliban from its epicenter is a slow and steady struggle.
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July 7, 2010 NPR photographer David Gilkey is on patrol with the 101st Airborne Division in Pashmul, Afghanistan. The area is considered key to securing Kandahar. He tells Mary Louise Kelly that the U.S. military has met with heavy resistance.
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Pvt. Dan Oswald with Alpha Company, 101st Airborne Division, is cared for by medics in the aid station
July 6, 2010 Photographer David Gilkey provides a closeup view of what's happening on the ground in Afghanistan.
June 17, 2010 U.S. Green Berets in Kandahar are working with Afghan special forces to improve security for locals. It is a constructive collaboration but a difficult thing to photograph. Special forces cannot give names or show their faces.
Ben Taylor, a Navy Corpsman, left, and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Joshua Sands, a medic with 3rd Platoon “Lucky Dustoff," during a training mission in Southern Afghanistan.
December 1, 2009 In October, NPR photographer David Gilkey spent a few weeks with the Army Medevac team known as "Lucky Dustoff". It is their hope that the care they bring will help win the battle for the Afghan "hearts and minds" that is critical to the success o...
Lt. Brandon Currie
November 9, 2009 Afghanistan is not camera-friendly terrain. "Everything is either made out of mud, steel or rocks," NPR photographer David Gilkey explains over the phone, before offering an update on the Marines of 1st Platoon Golf Company.
The wedding hall industry is booming in Afghanistan.
September 6, 2009 By Jim Wildman, producer for Morning EditionPhotographs by David Gilkey, NPR staff photographerWhen we show these photographs to NPR colleagues, nearly every one of them gasps. Perhaps that's because they're not images of detonated car bombs or...
Pararescue Jumpers transport an injured policeman to the Afghan ambulance.
September 2, 2009 NPR reporter Tom Bowman and photographer David Gilkey recently returned from Afghanistan. Searching through Gilkey's unpublished photos, we came across some images that seemed to merit a dispatch. By Tom BowmanThe Combat Search and Rescue hel...
August 18, 2009 By Claire O'NeillPhotos By David GilkeyAt first glance, there's something comical about a man chasing a runaway donkey with a country's presidential ballots on its back. But actually, that man and donkey are responsible for delivering the vote ...
'America's Battalion' in Afghanistan
July 29, 2009 Video: NPR staff photographer was embedded with U.S. Marines in Afghanistan. Get a rare glimpse of life in the field.
July 13, 2009 By Claire O'NeillThis slideshow requires version 8 or higher of the Adobe Flash Player. Get the latest Flash Player.TEXT.For full screen, click on the four-cornered arrow icon in the viewer's bottom right.NPR staff photographer David Gilkey ...
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July 9, 2009 By Coburn DukehartNPR photographer David Gilkey is embedded with U.S Marines in Southern Afghanistan. Seven days ago, they left their camp for what was supposed to be a 24-hour patrol. They ran into heavy fighting, and it's been too dangerous f...
June 1, 2009 NPR reporter Tom Bowman and NPR photographer David Gilkey filed this post from Afghanistan.
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